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the past few decades a significant and noteworthy amount of scientific
research has emerged contributing to the notion that human precognition
could very well be real, and that we all might possess this potential
-amongst various other extended human capacities.
to the research by various scientists presented in this article,
extended human capacities are beginning to exit the realm of
superstitious thinking, delusion and irrationality and find their way
into the world of confirmed phenomena. Claims of precognition or
“future telling” have occurred “throughout human history in virtually
every culture and period.” (source)
not hard to see why we are so fascinated with these concepts, they are
embedded in popular culture today throughout various outlets such as
movies -which can sometimes be counter productive given the fact that
they are merged with fictional stories and events.
to the extraterrestrial phenomenon, the validity of these concepts
seems to shrink due to the fact that they are “just movies.” Although
the stories that accompany these types of phenomena in movies is
probably largely factious, the concepts do hold some validity. Let’s
examine the truth behind pre cognition and claims of “future telling.”
seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by
studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with
superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this
possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific
exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be
changing.” – Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)
what exactly is precognition? It’s basically the ability to have a
premonition of a future event that could not otherwise be anticipated
through any known process. It’s the influence of a future event that
has yet to take place on an individuals responses.
responses can come in the form of their biology, they can be conscious
responses the individual is aware of, or they can be non-conscious
responses that the individual is not aware of (which is mostly the case
when it comes to the scientific examination of pre cognition) and more.
“Pre cognition refers to the noninferential prediction of future events.” (source)
A recently published study (meta analysis) in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience titled “Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity” examined a number of experiments regarding this phenomenon that were conducted by several different laboratories.
experiments indicate that the human body can actually detect randomly
delivered stimuli that occur 1-10 seconds in advance. In other words,
the human body seems to know of an event, and reacts to an event that
has yet to occur. What occurs in the human body before these events are
physiological changes that are measured regarding the cardiopulmonary,
the skin, and the nervous system. (1)
important to note that these types of responses to future events that
are measured in the body are unconscious responses, meaning that the
subject (human) is not aware that they are actually taking place. So it
is a form of pre cognition, but not full blown conscious premonitions.
fact that changes in our physiological activity in the autonomic
nervous system changes and prepares for future events is remarkable,
and the fact that this is “unconscious precognition” should not take
away from the fact that it helps us better understand the phenomenon of
conscious precognition in a scientific sense. We are still waiting for
science to catch up and provide an explanation for conscious
precognition, regardless of whether the phenomenon has been observed or
More than 40 experiments investigating this phenomenon in humans have been published over the past 36 years (including: Hartwell, 1978; Radin et al., 1995, 2011;Bierman and Radin, 1997; Radin, 1997, 2004;Don et al., 1998; Bierman, 2000; Bierman and Scholte, 2002; McDonough et al., 2002;Spottiswoode and May, 2003; McCraty et al., 2004a,b; Sartori et al., 2004; May et al., 2005;Tressoldi et al., 2005, 2009, 2011;Radin and Borges, 2009; Bradley et al., 2011). This is what promoted the meta-analysis.
The analysis concluded that:
predictive physiological anticipation of a truly randomly selected and
thus unpredictable future event, has been under investigation for more
than three decades, and a recent conservative meta-analysis suggests
that the phenomenon is real.” (1)
Another recently published paper via the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Cornell
university professor Dr. Daryl J. Bem suggests that precognition may be
real. Dr Bern is a leading social psychologist and has been
well-respected throughout his long and esteemed career. So his work
suggesting that precognition may be real is quite a large leap for this
type of phenomenon.(2)
Bem’s study outlines nine experiments that involved more than 1000
participants that “test for retroactive influence by time reversing
well-established psychological effects so that the individual’s
responses are obtained before the putatively causal stimulus events
going through and examining these experiments, Dr. Bem concluded that
all but one of them yielded statistically significant results. The
paper and experiments are provided within the sources listed.
pre cognition has been well documented and observed in laboratories all
over the world. Just because there is a lack of ability for psi
research to provide an explanation for the observed phenomena does not
discredit the phenomenon itself.
the discovery and scientific exploration of most phenomena have
preceded explanatory theories, often by decades or even
centuries.”- Dr. Bern (source pg 3)
study from Dr. Dean Radin, one of the several authors noted in the
first study used in this article conducted four double blind
experiments that also show that some intuitive hunches, measured by
fluctuations in the autonomic nervous system involve unconscious
perception of future events that have yet to occur, and the experiments
supported this idea.(3)
Another significant study (meta-analysis) that was published in the Journal of Parapsychology by
Charles Honorton and Diane C. Ferrari in 1989, examine a number of
studies that were published between 1935 and 1987. The studies involved
attempts of individuals to predict “the identity of target stimuli
selected randomly over intervals ranging from several hundred million
seconds to one year following the individuals responses.” These authors
investigated over 300 studies conducted by over 60 authors, using
approximately 2 million individual trials by more than 50,000 people. (4)
It concluded that their analysis of precognition experiments “confirms
the existence of a small but highly significant precognition effect.
The effect appears to be repeatable; significant outcomes are reported
by 40 investigators using a variety of methodological paradigms and
precognition effect is not merely an unexplained departure from a
theoretical chance baseline, but rather is an effect that covaries with
factors known to influence more familiar aspects of human
Why is this type of precognition unconscious? And does it have the potential to become conscious?
as mentioned earlier in the article, the science behind precognition
refers to unconscious precognition. This means that the response to
future events prior to when they happen is measured through
physiological changes, and that seems to be quite clear.
why should this be the case? If our body (parts of our nervous system)
can obtain information about events seconds in the future, why would we
not have the inability to not make this information conscious? Maybe we
do have that potential.
in the first study used in this article suggest that this might be the
case because the information is not useful, similar to the majority of
information that is usually processed unconsciously. They also suggest
that the conscious mind may not be able to make such quick decisions.
They state “it might be evolutionarily advantageous for unconscious
processing to assess upcoming events, filter them, mobilize resources,
and only then inform conscious awareness.”(1)
Parapsychological Phenomenon, Consciousness & How They Relate To The Nature Of Our Reality
is one small aspect of a much larger body of what is termed as
parapsychological phenomenon. For more information from CE on some
areas of this larger body of information you can check out this article:
Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness and Our Physical Material World Are Somehow Intertwined.
If you want to further your research even more, a great place to start would be the
The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)